A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters slack off work, steal things, buy and sell drugs, and sleep around, but it's all played for laughs.
Positive Role Models
The show's leads, Abbi and Ilana, exhibit sisterhood and support each other sweetly but take things like sex and drugs lightly.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but subplots include Ilana's casual sexual relationship with a friend (she Skypes Abbi while in the midst of having sex with him) and the friends attempting to make money by cleaning a total stranger's apartment in their underwear.
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Infrequent F-words are bleeped, but strong language includes references to body parts, sex, and obscene insults.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Abbi and Ilana drink and smoke pot on-screen and refer to other drugs. They get drunk and high and act silly. We watch them buying pot from a friend and dickering over the price.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Broad City is an edgy comedy about a pair of female best friends in New York City who steal, party, and smoke pot regularly -- all for laughs. One of the friends has a casual boyfriend she's using for sex; the friends attempt to make money to go to a concert by posting a Craigslist ad offering to clean apartments in their underwear. It's all very funny and comes off as real (which makes sense -- leads Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are real-life best friends), but neither girl is exactly the type of bright, clean-cut, go-getter parents might prefer teens to emulate.
Is It Any Good?
Taking a page from Louie, Abbi and Ilana's antics have an absurdist "only in New York" flavor with a dash of the Seinfeld method of spinning a show out of nothing in particular. One episode features Abbi's epic journey to retrieve a package for a handsome neighbor, which involves a trip to an island neither Abbi nor anyone else has ever heard of. Another involves the girls' pursuit of an extra $200 to get into a concert; when stealing office supplies doesn't work, Ilana convinces Abbi to clean a stranger's apartment in her underwear. Spoiler alert: The client (Fred Armisen) evades paying for the service by pretending to be an adult baby who doesn't understand what money is.
That last anecdote more or less sums up the show. If it sounds amusing to you, Broad City probably will be, too. Jacobson and Glazer have personality and a point of view, and though their trying to make extra money by bucket drumming in the park may not be relatable (particularly for those living outside NYC), the two of them always are.
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